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Muslim Pilgrims Commission Confers Excellence Award On Gov Fintiri, Others



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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has reiterated his commitment toward rendering additional support to the Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission to achieve more successes in the conduct of Hajj operations in the state.

The Governor stated this at the Post 2022 Hajj ‘Walima’ and flag off of Hajj 2023 activities organized by the Commission held at its Corporate headquarters in Yola Sunday.

Represented by the Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Iya Abbas, the governor applauded the efforts of the Executive Secretary for piloting one of the most successful Hajj operations in the state.

In a welcome address, the Board chairman of the Commission, Imam Bappari Umar Kem who thanked the Almighty Allah for granting the Commission wisdom in steering the 2022 Hajj operations successfully, commended the Adamawa State Government for according the Commission necessary support and cooperation at all times.

In a remark, the Permanent Secretary and Executive Secretary of the Commission, Malam Abubakar Salihu enumerated some of the successes recorded by the Commission under his watch to include but not limited to the building of office block and awarding compensation to legitimate occupants of plots and owners of property on the land at which the Adamawa State Hajj transition camp was built.

During the event there was also presentation of the awards of excellence to Secretary to the Adamawa State Government SSG, Malam Bashiru Ahmad, Chief of Staff Government House Yola, Professor Maxwell Gidado as well as deserving members of staff, individuals and organizations.

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Sallah: Borno Owes You Debt That Can Never Be Compensated- Zulum Tells NAF 




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By Ladi Jossy, Maiduguri 

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has described the undeniable evidence of development by his administration by the unwavering commitments and immense contribution of the Nigerian Air Force in combatting terrorism and other forms of criminalities in the state. 

Zulum was represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof Usman Tar during a Sallah luncheon organized by CAS for air components of Operations Hadin Kai Joint Task Force Northeast in Maiduguri on Sunday.

Prof. Tar noted that the state has witnessed lasting peace and landmark development in viable sectors including: Power, Education, Agriculture, Health, and other social infrastructures. 

“Let me also express my heartfelt gratitude to every one of you, for protecting our values and heritage. Of course, you are a true hero of our society and we owe you a debt that can never be compensated. Spending time away from your loved ones or facing dangers that come with defending the integrity of our country, has not gone unnoticed. Your efforts are yielding desired results and I urge you not to rest on your oars. 

“The agility and resilience exhibited by NAF personnel in this course is a sheer example of the true spirit of service for humanity. Your sacrifices both seen and unseen, have ensured the safety and security of our communities including the Maiduguri International Airport while enjoying the freedom we hold dear,” Zulum said.

According to Zulum, he must ensure that the Air Force has the resources and necessary support needed to carry out their air missions effectively and efficiently bearing in mind their safety and general well-being. 

In his remarks, the Chief Air Staff Air Marshall Hassan Bala represented by Commander Air Component of Operations Hadin Kai Joint Task Force Northeast, Air Commodore Umaru Idris noted that recently NAF added several modern and versatile platforms to its inventory to meet national security challenges.

“Crew of the various platforms are currently undergoing a series of tactical training and would be inducted into various theatres of operations any time soon. 

“The growing trend of terrorism, banditry and other forms of insecurity in the country necessitated the need to project a wide range of airpower roles in all spectrum of warfare,”

He acknowledges the combined efforts of the NAF alongside their sister services and other security agencies have yielded positive results, with diverse impact on Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in recent times.  

“The concerted efforts of the Joint Forces have significantly depleted terrorists’ capacity to carry out attacks on hard/soft targets. 

“Despite our efforts and achievements. However, security threats emanating from non-state actors remain the subject of concern. I, therefore, urge you to place robust security measures to secure the Base and its critical assets as well as lives and properties within the host communities.”CAS noted.

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Northern Group Eulogize Dr. Emmanuel Musa, Recommends Him For National Honours




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By Abdullahi Alhassan, Abuja

Concerned Northern Forum, a prominent civil society organisation (CSO), compromising over 75 CSOs across Northern Nigeria has eulogized the Founder and President of Emnamu Foundation, Dr. Emmanuel Musa for his philanthropy and humanitarian services.

In a widely covered press conference attended by both the print and electronic media giants in Nigeria at Protea Hotels Abuja, the spokesperson of the group, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem praised Dr. Emmanuel for his tireless efforts in providing basic services such as water and shelter to victims of insecurity in his home town of Adamawa and elsewhere.

According to the spokesperson, “we are thrilled to identify with a young man who is so passionate about positively touching the lives of the less privileged around him. At just 34 the age, Dr. Emmanuel has demonstrated an astonishing and unprecedented generosity which has bettered people’s livelihoods as well as enhanced their welfare. He remains the only person of his age in Nigeria without political exposure who has impacted Nigerians this much.

“With hundreds of boreholes scattered across the North East and the provision of shelters for displaced persons as a result of Boko Haram insurgency, Dr. Musa has become a pillar of hope for widows, orphans, indigent students, youths and the aged. The ‘Humanitarian Dr.’ , as he fondly called recently donated roofing sheets, timber, cash and other relief materials to over 50 victims of a rainstorm in Pella, Hong LGA of Adamawa State. Indeed, his exemplary life is worthy of emulation and commendation”.

While calling on other Nigerians to emulate the seasoned philanthropist, the Northern youths praised the courageous virtue of Dr. Emmanuel Musa who has taken it upon himself to improve the quality of education in his home state of Adamawa through scholarships and other educational interventions. The group however, appealed to him to extend his generosity to other states as they prayed God to bless and prosper him in all his endeavours.

“Just recently, Dr. Emmanuel Musa in his capacity as the Founder and President of Enmamu Foundation donated over ₦200,000 million to 200,000 Pupils under the Adamawa Pupils Welfare Scheme. This is highly commendable and we urge other Nigerians to borrow a leaf from this humanitarian who is sacrificing his personal earnings and making giant strides to improve the lives of others in a world marred by greed and self-centeredness.

“It is also our earnest prayer and hope that this great philanthropist will extend his generous hand of fellowship to other states and communities that are ravaged by insecurity, lack of basic services and the impact of natural disasters. We pray too that Almighty Allah should prosper him and give him the wisdom and resources to carry out his humanitarian services not just to the northern Nigeria but the whole country and Africa as a whole,” the statement added.

The group finally called on the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of patriotic urgency, bestow on Dr. Emmanuel Musa a befitting national honour which will spur him and others to greater service to their communities.

“What Dr. Musa has done at such a young age needs to be encouraged. As a group representing the interest of Northern Nigerian youths, we are convinced that honouring Dr. Musa will encourage other Nigerians both young and old to also emulate him. We therefore, recommend him and appeal to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to immediately commence the process of not just honouring this philanthropist but also giving him a position of responsibility that will enable him reach out to more Nigerians”, the statement concluded.

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Gov Kefas Clocks One Year In Office, Promises More Developmental Projects 




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By Sani Yarima 

As Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State clocked one year in office, he pledged to provide hydropower and solar energy in the three senatorial zones of the state. 

The governor made the promise at a media chat held at the Exco chamber in the Government House Jalingo on Tuesday to mark his one year in office.

The event was organized by the State Ministry of Information and Reorientation.

Dr. Kefas explained that the construction of hydropower and solar energy in the three zones aimed to boost the economic activities in the state. 

He also promised to construct a new airport at the Sardauna LGA of the state, in addition to the existing ones, to attract investors and promote economic growth in the state.

Furthermore, Dr. Kefas reiterated his promise to renovate and build new primary and secondary schools across the state, aiming to address the infrastructural deficit before the full implementation of his administration’s free education policy. 

He mentioned that the decision became imperative as about 95% of the schools across the state are dilapidated.

Additionally, Governor Agbu Kefas announced that the government will procure mobile ambulances for the 168 wards of the 16 LGAs, aimed at improving the healthcare sector.

Commenting on the plan by the Taraba State University lecturers to embark on strike, Dr. Kefas emphasized that he would not be threatened as the money is available, and the government will settle everyone who is entitled after due process.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the state Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Barrister Zainab Usman Jalingo lauded Governor Kefas’s unwavering commitment to the betterment of the state since he assumed office.

She noted the initiation and completion of numerous projects by the Kefas administration that have positively impacted the lives of the people and laid a foundation for future prosperity.

Furthermore, Jalingo explained that the present administration has touched all key sectors of government toward improving the livelihood of its citizenry.

Additionally, Barrister Zainab Jalingo noted that Dr. Kefas’s dedication to transparent governance, infrastructural development, and socio-economic growth has been exemplary.  

The Aku Uka of Wukari and Chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs, HRM Manu Ishaku Adda Ali, the Emir of Muri, HRH Alhaji Abbas Njidda Tafida, and the Chief of Mambila, HRH Alhaji Audu Baju, as well as the Chief of Takum, HRM Barr. Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi II was among the many dignitaries who graced the event. 

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